I started this catagory to keep the trident maple page clean of growing techniques.
I started by purchasing 600 seeds from Whatcom Seed Co. www.seedrack.com and before long they were in my mailbox. I sent them a thank you and told them I posted the story on my blog, I also told them about the people that have already ordered seeds from them based on my story. I have not heard back yet.
The seeds require a few steps to get them going. All seeds will require some sort of scarification. Then Stratification and then sowing and growing.
To scarify tridents, they need 24 hour soak in hot tap water.
To scarify Amur maple, they need 24 hours also.
To scarify mountain maple, they need 48 hours in the water.
To Stratify tridents, after scarification wrap the seeds together with moist sphagnum moss in a ziplock bag and store in the fridge for 90 days.
To stratify Amur maple, store in fridge 60 days
To stratify mountain maple, store in fridge 120 days.
To Germinate Tridents, after stratification, sow 1/4 inch deep and tamp the soil. Mulch the seed bed.
To germinate Amur maple, 1/4 inch deep, tamp amd mulch.
To germinate mountain maple, 1/8 inch deep, tamp and mulch.
It is suggested to sow seeds at 1/4 inch deep and mulch in fall to allow seeds to naturaly scarify and stratify. They will also germinate when appropriate. This is the preferred method. Just make sure seeds are ordered in time for fall planting. Halloween would be a good time to sow in my area, colder areas could sow at labor day.
My seeds were scarified in hot water and left for 24 hours.
I decided to plant mine out right away rather than leave them in a bag in the fridge. Since I am getting a late start, placing them in the soil will allow them to stratify for about the 90 days anyway.
I have used a pony pack tray, like those you get under six packs of color plants at walmart. They gave me two to use in this experiment. 100 seeds should fit well into this tray. I cut some plastic stichery canvas to fit into the tray and made up the soil. I used a 50/50 mix of planting soil and turface.
I made some small furrows with a stick 1/4 deep and planted out my seeds. I planted some with about 2 inches between and some of them I grouped together with three seeds in a group. I also planted some with as many as five together in a group for a clump style type tree. Who know what I will get so at this point I am just having fun controlling my destiny.
Well nothing to do now but wait…..
….and wait I will do. Be back soon.
Well the seeds are starting to sprout now. Had some temps all week around 64. Still have cool nights but no frost expected. A couple more weeks and I can begin phase two of the seed growing process.